Posted on: 05 February 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has announced plans to jointly develop a new global Ku band satellite antenna with QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH (QEST).
“We're excited to announce this development programme with QEST for our next generation global Ku antenna," explained Aditya Chatterjee, senior vice president of connectivity systems and chief technology officer at GEE. “The new antenna extends our technology leadership in in-flight connectivity to meet and exceed the growing demands of our worldwide airline customers. Through our joint development with QEST, we will provide airlines with the most advanced, high-speed connectivity technology and service in all latitudes where Ku and Ku High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are available.”
The new antenna will complement GEE’s existing Ku Band antenna, utilising a revolutionary steerable pointing system to optimise coverage anywhere a commercial aircraft flies, including equatorial regions where Ku and/or Ku HTS coverage is available.
The antenna will also be compatible with GEE's current installation architecture and Supplemental Type Certificates (STC), and is intended to meet the requirements for future line fit installations.
GEE and QEST’s antenna will be available from mid-2016, with more details about the product due to be released at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg during April.